Together, we will explore, and in some cases work to rewrite, the often unconscious narratives that direct our lives, in order to move toward ease, growth, fulfillment, and well-being.

Our Team

Rachel Watkins, PsyD

Licensed In

CA

Approach

Acceptance commitment therapy (ACT), Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), Harm reduction, Motivational interviewing (MI), Psychodynamic

Therapy Style

While I have been trained in, and draw from, a variety of modalities, I predominantly work psychodynamically, with a focus on the various systems and social forces that impact our personal struggles. Psychodynamic therapy is a form of depth psychology involving the interpretation of mental and emotional processes rather than focusing on behaviors alone. In practice, I seek to help clients find patterns in their emotions, thoughts, and beliefs in order to gain insight into their current self.

I always start from a place of warmth and curiosity. We are all unique, shaped by diverse experiences which contribute to the multitude of stories we carry with us and which impact the way we move through the world. Together, we will explore, and in some cases work to rewrite, the often unconscious narratives that direct our lives, in order to move toward ease, growth, fulfillment, and well-being. The therapeutic relationship is something that we will enter into collaboratively, with a focus on not only your pain and struggles, but also on your strengths.

Education

PsyD - Clinical Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology

Certificate in LGBTQ Mental Health and Human Services, California School of Professional Psychology

License Number and State

CA 31126

Pronouns

she/her

Why did you become a therapist?

I had an amazing therapist during adolescence who inspired me to pursue this as a career!

What are your interests outside of work?

Photography, plants, hiking/running, reading

What book have you read more than once and why?

Harry Potter!

What does a typical weekend look like for you?

Sleeping in, hiking, time with partner and friends.

What’s a social cause you’re passionate about?

Racial and economic justice.

Do you have any pets and what's your favorite pet story?

Yes - a scruffy pup named Joni Mitchell. When we first got her, she didn't know how to climb the stairs in our house!